Summer of Mattering

Some people take vacations to the beach, some people work all summer, and some people even waste their summers away thinking “what might have been.” NOT ME…I got the amazing opportunity to joinChoose2Matter.org ! (Pinch me now!) As Angela often says, “Mattering is not an event, a day, a month, or an item on the agenda — it IS the agenda.” So here’s the question I want to pose to you- How are you Choosing 2 Matter this summer? As beings we need to matter almost as much as we need food, water and air. I know you’re planning to eat, drink and…

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What a Difference 9 Miles Makes…

I understand poverty is everywhere. I experienced poverty growing up as a child. I experienced poverty in my classrooms while teaching. I experienced poverty in my schools as a Principal. I understand the statistics; low income students now make up the majority of American Schools http://bit.ly/15dLprh .(SEF, 2013) As an advocate for Rural Education (Rural Poverty Rate is the Highest of all Demographic Categories http://1.usa.gov/1ZemMkQ USDA 2015) I have spent the last several years promoting excellence for All students in All Zip Codes. I know this is a constant battle, and it is one I plan on passionately fighting. WE…

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If This is About Digital Equity…

Yesterday, the FCC voted to “Modernize Lifeline.” This was the culmination of a long process to provide families which qualify for the lifeline subsidy for their home telephone to now be able to use this subsidy for access to broadband.   While addressing the CUE conference on educational technology just a few weeks ago, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said, “There was a time when access to broadband was a luxury. No more. And nowhere is that as clear as it is in education.” Rosenworcel has been a huge proponent of the “Modernization” of Lifeline. She has actively campaigned for the FCC…

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Smarter Schools Panel Video, Washington, DC

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Digital Learning Day 2015 Video

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Do Teachers Need Response To Intervention?

Guest Post on Peter DeWitt’s “Finding Common Ground” EdWeek Blog 3/17/2016 http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2016/03/do_teachers_need_response_to_intervention.html Response to Intervention (RTI) is something we talk about quite a bit in education. In fact, there are few successful schools you can enter today that don’t have far-reaching RTI systems of support for their students. When students struggle, they may need something extra to help them along, and other students need an intervention that may be a little more in depth. As a former school principal, I understand the benefits of RTI. Having been the Principal of a failing school where successful RTI implementation was instrumental in…

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Hello….It’s Me (Your Student)

Who doesn’t love Adele’s song Hello ? I decided to tweak the lyrics from the perspective of a student…in today’s highly test-heavy environment. So….here is “Hello…It’s Me (Your Student)” by Daisy Dyer Duerr. I promise not to add any audio…although it does sound good with the music…just not with my voice!! www.andersonsmiddlezone.com HELLO….It’s ME (Your Student) Hello, it’s me, I was wondering If after all these SCHOOL years you’d like to speak…to go over; something They say in time I’m supposed to be learning, But I’m NOT doing much learning FOR ME. Hello, can you hear me? I’m in Core Classes…

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